What I am excited about this week!
Weekend Use of Campus! I am thrilled to announce that we will be opening the campus for limited use by the AISL community during weekends, beginning on 24-25 April. AISL community members are welcome to use the Primary School track and field, the covered court, the Primary School pool, and the tennis courts near the school’s exit gate. Please note the following:
I appreciate your patience with the rules and restrictions noted above as we try to balance campus use with our health and safety obligations.
I look forward to seeing you on campus!
ISSEA End-of-the-Year Extravaganza! The COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant damper to our typical robust ISSEA schedule. For those who are new to the school, AISL is a member of the International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa (ISSEA), which is a league of eight international schools who regularly collaborate on sporting and cultural events for our students. In a typical year, ISSEA holds more than a dozen events, each hosted by one of the eight schools. These events provide an opportunity for our students to make friends with peers at the American International School of Johannesburg, the International School of Kenya, the International School of Uganda, the American International School of Mozambique, Harare International School, the International School of Tanganyika, and the International Community School of Addis Ababa. Despite having no in-person events this year, we did not want to let the year end without celebrating the importance of ISSEA to all our schools. So, on Friday, 23 April at 09:00, our secondary school students will be joining students across the league in an online celebration of ISSEA. All members of the AISL community are welcome to view the celebration. Just click here.
WorldFest! We are excited to be holding our annual WorldFest! on Thursday, 29 April. Although COVID-19 has forced us to reduce the scale of the event, we remain as committed as ever to celebrating the wonderful diversity of the AISL community. The day will include a (socially-distanced) flag parade, a virtual assembly, various cultural activities, and the always popular International Food Festival. This year’s food festival will be organized by parents at each grade level. If you are willing to prepare and share a food item from your country, please contact your PTA liaison and get involved. Please also encourage your child to wear national clothing or colors on the 29th.
Vaccines in Zambia! The arrival of the first shipment of vaccines to Zambia was a welcome development last week. Since school staff members are a priority group in Zambia, we have been working with the Bauleni Clinic to secure opportunities for our team to receive their first doses. Many thanks to Sonia Old and Jennifer Anuncasion for coordinating this effort. Since vaccination rates in Zambia are likely to remain very low for the near future, it is worth remembering that, as exciting as this first step is, we do not anticipate any significant relaxation of our stringent health and safety measures.
Next PTA Quiz Night on 28 April! It was great to restart the quiz last week with four very good teams. The competition was close and after the final round the scores for two teams were tied at 55 points. After a tie break question (How many words are in the complete works of Shakespeare?) the Quizzerly Bears just pipped our previous winners, S Quad Squad, to the prize. Please join us for the next PTA Quiz Night at 18:30 on 28 April. Entry is K5o per team member with up to four people per team. Teams may bring their own food and drink. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Please sign up here and be sure to enter the names of each team member plus your team name.
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Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: